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Whether you are interested in becoming a more racially conscious educator, or you are simply an individual seeking to learn more about racial matters, we invite you to listen to our podcast and join us on a life-long journey of anti-racist education.

The Anti-Racist Educator is run by a collective of educators of colour and based in Scotland. As an online learning platform, The Anti-Racist Educator aims to critically challenge racism by exploring teaching, discussing ideas and sharing learning resources for all to use.​ Find out more on theantiracisteducator.com

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Whether you are interested in becoming a more racially conscious educator, or you are simply an individual seeking to learn more about racial matters, we invite you to listen to our podcast and join us on a life-long journey of anti-racist education.

The Anti-Racist Educator is run by a collective of educators of colour and based in Scotland. As an online learning platform, The Anti-Racist Educator aims to critically challenge racism by exploring teaching, discussing ideas and sharing learning resources for all to use.​ Find out more on theantiracisteducator.com

    Policing in Schools: In conversation with Kids of Colour

    Policing in Schools: In conversation with Kids of Colour

    Hashim and Sangeeta chat with Fowsia and Mea from Kids of Colour- a platform that provides space for young people of colour to explore race, identity and culture and support them to challenge racism. They talk to us about their 'No Policing in Schools' campaign, the response it's received in Greater Manchester, and the impact of school policing on young people of colour. Fowsia and Mea share their next steps for the campaign and tips for engaging young people. 

    Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming campaign led by ARE on Campus Policing in Scottish schools!


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    • 42 min
    Decolonising in action: in conversation with Curtis Acosta

    Decolonising in action: in conversation with Curtis Acosta

    Hashim chats with esteemed educator from the States, Curtis Acosta. He and his students were the focus of the film "Precious Knowledge" which told the story of the Mexican-American Studies program at Tuscon Magnet High School in Arizona. We go in depth on the significance of the program, the orchestrated backlash against it from reactionary elements of the media and state legislature, and how it, Ethnic Studies, and decolonising the curriculum in general are necessary parts of any anti-racist education.

    Check out Curtis and his work here https://twitter.com/CurtisAcostaLLP


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    • 53 min
    The Anti-Racist Project: in conversation with Zeus Leonardo

    The Anti-Racist Project: in conversation with Zeus Leonardo

    To be, or not to be racist, that's not the question. In this episode, Zeus Leonardo shares what it means for educators to pledge to anti-racism, as opposed to simply "being" racist or not racist (because one can be both).

    Professor Zeus Leonardo is renowned scholar in Critical Social Theory and he draws on critical theories to make sense of oppression, dominance and liberation. In particular, his latest book, Edward Said and Education, applies the concept of Orientalism to the context of curriculum, pedagogy and education policy. In conversation with Mélina and Khadija, Zeus also discusses the benefits and drawbacks of engaging in discourses of white privilege, and his application of Charles Mills’ Racial Contract to the context of education.




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    The revolution is now: in conversation with Peter McLaren

    The revolution is now: in conversation with Peter McLaren

    In this episode, we speak to one of the most important minds in the field of critical pedagogy, Peter McLaren. It's an incredible journey through his experiences of teaching, realising the centrality of the political contexts we operate in, and seeing how critical pedagogy can set us free. 

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    Decolonising the Curriculum: Applying Decolonial Theory to the English Curriculum

    Decolonising the Curriculum: Applying Decolonial Theory to the English Curriculum

    In partnership with the Scottish Association for the Teaching of English (SATE), this episode features two members of The Anti-Racist Educator, Navan and Melina, who discuss decolonial theory and explain how it can be applied to the secondary English curriculum in Scotland. 

    Navan and Melina return to the theoretical roots of "decolonising the curriculum," a popular catchphrase which often risks losing its meaning. They then present examples of good practice and opportunities for listeners to reflect on how they too could apply it to their own subjects, classrooms and other learning environments.

    This episode was originally recorded by SATE as a webinar with slides and live comments. Thank you to Tom from SATE for making this happen!






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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Can Save a Bad Curriculum: In Conversation with Gloria Ladson-Billings

    Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Can Save a Bad Curriculum: In Conversation with Gloria Ladson-Billings

    After taking us through some of the key tenets of Critical Race Theory, interest convergence and counter-narratives, Professor Gloria Ladson-Billings shares her expertise in Culturally Relevant Pedagogy.

    There are 3 key ideas in Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, all outlined in her research (see The Dream Keepers: Successful Teachers of African-American Children):

    - student learning (this does not always translate to what can be traditionally/academically assessed. So much learning happens at home during a pandemic.)

    - cultural competence (how competent are teachers in valuing young people's culture in the classroom?)

    - sociopolitical/critical consciousness (often forgotten, but crucial: how critical is the teacher of issues of power in the knowledge that is presented in the classroom? Remember that the curriculum is never neutral.)

    As we see more pressure being put on schools to decolonise the curriculum in the midst of a pandemic, often with limited resources, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy can make education more inclusive and equitable. Thanks to critical consciousness, you can save a bad curriculum with good pedagogy. Gloria uses the example of race being fully-funded in society and how critical consciousness requires educators to question this and themselves in unlearning racism.

    As we approach the end of the episode, Gloria shares her analysis of these uncertain times by drawing on Arundhati Roy's claim that the pandemic is a portal. According to Gloria, we are experiencing a quadruple pandemic:

    - Covid-19 (a literal pandemic)

    - a white supremacist pandemic (that has been going on for a while, but it has resurfaced for us all to see)

    - an economic pandemic (financial crisis along with high levels of unemployment)

    - a climate pandemic (similar to white supremacy, it's been going on for a while, but it's reaching its peak).

    At the end of the episode, we finish our discussion with some helpful advice for people of colour feeling overwhelmed by the permanence of racism, and some useful reminders for white people aspiring to race equality.


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